I just can’t believe the last 6 months have gone by so quickly. Over at I Heart Cooking Clubs we were preparing and sharing Nigel Slater recipes from March of this year until now. His six-month reign is over after this week as a new chef has been selected. Diana Henry will be headlining for the following six months.
But I will miss Nigel. The theme this week is Cheerio as we are giving Mr. Slater a sendoff. For me, I will continue whipping up recipes from my newest acquisition Eat. We’ll always have Potluck at IHHC, won’t we Nigel?
Since a friend of mine received this book for Christmas last year she was kind enough to share a few of the recipes with me early. I have already made Marmalade Chicken from this book as well as Pork Chops with Figs. (Thanks for the preview Mrs. L. ! )
My first pick from my copy of this book is a spaghetti bake. The main recipe calls for bacon, garlic and cream but there are other variations for this dish on the preceding page. I decided to combine two of them and add mushrooms.
Ingredients and Directions:
Cook 1 pound of spaghetti or bucatini until al dente. Drain, cool in colander under running water and set aside. Cut 12 slices of smoked bacon or ham into finger think pieces.
Peel and thinly slice 4 cloves of garlic and cook with bacon until bacon is crisp. Toss in a few handfuls of sliced mushrooms and cook until softened. Now they have bacony goodness saturating them – yum!
But drained pasta into bowl with 1 2/3 cups heavy cream and ¼ cup vegetable stock along with the bacon, mushroom and garlic mixture. Toss it together and place in a baking dish. Sprinkle lots of parmesan cheese over the top and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.
I won’t say Cheerio to Nigel as I know he will be a regular for my Potluck contributions. Love this book.
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